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Mitsubishi Galant Radiator

How to Care for Your Mitsubishi Galant Radiator

Your Mitsubishi Galant radiator is responsible for cooling your engine system, so once it fails, you run the risk of getting stranded in the middle of nowhere due to engine overheating. Depending on the extent of damage, you can either wait for the engine to cool down before you drive again or you can ask someone to tow your ride to the nearest mechanic. If you don't want this to happen in one of your long-distance trip, you've got to do whatever it takes to keep your radiator working well. To prolong its lifespan, you need to perform the following tips:

  • Drain the radiator periodically to clear up contaminants.

It's common for sediments to build up in your radiator over time. But this is not an excuse to pay less attention to it, especially since it's a vital component in your car's engine and cooling system. When sludge forms inside the radiator, you can notice reduced drop in your engine performance. To keep the radiator in excellent condition, you need to flush it once in a while. Keep in mind that the draining process can be a little dirty and tedious, so it's highly recommended that you flush the radiator outdoors. This also makes way for an easier cleaning process, since you can move freely with the wide, open space. You may also want to hose off the radiator after flushing as the draining process can eliminate only as much as 40 to 50 percent of the old coolant.

  • Avoid using sub-quality coolant in the radiator.

You should make it a point to use only premium-quality coolant and distilled water in the gas tank. This is because sub-standard coolants, as well as tap water, can come with contaminants that may harm the components. Maintain a proper coolant-to-water ratio if you want the radiator to function effectively. It helps not only in keeping your car cool, but also in preserving other related parts, such as the radiator hoses. Your coolant-to-water ratio should ideally be at 50-50, as other values may already cause the component to go bad. As this is only a generic rule, your car's specific make and model might need a different mixture, so it's still best to refer to your service manual.

  • Regularly check your radiator for leaks.

If you want to make the radiator live longer, then proper care and maintenance is a must. And this involves consistent checks on the components. There are many causes to a radiator leak; among them are busted radiator hoses. Pop up the hood to check your radiator and examine its condition. Once you discover any damage, get your vehicle to the nearest radiator shop or fix it with a DIY guide immediately.

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  • How to Diagnose a Bad Mitsubishi Galant Radiator

    Given the various factors that can cause the radiator to fail, it's hard enough to pinpoint what exactly is causing the problem. However, the symptoms are much easier to detect. All you need is a keen eye and frequent examinations to see if your Mitsubishi Galant radiator needs to be replaced. To help you out, here are some obvious evidences of a damaged radiator:

    Your coolant gets drained faster than usual.

    If you have been driving your vehicle for a long time, it's relatively easy to spot a faulty radiator. When you notice that your Galant seems to be using up more coolant or water than normal, then you need to get dirty and check on the radiator.Blocked coolant flow in the cooling system is usually a result of a sediment buildup in the tubes that make up the radiator. With a restricted coolant flow, your car's radiator is most likely to fail, leading to engine overheating.

    There is corrosion on the radiator's body.

    Keeping track of the radiator's condition can help you prevent future problems. To verify if the component has indeed gone bad, include the radiator in your regular inspection routine. This way, you are alerted for any signs of damage that needs to get fixed. If you find that the radiator has corroded, chances are, the fluid inside has also been contaminated. You need to have the radiator repaired as soon as possible to spare the other components from getting damaged as well. Without a properly working radiator, you put the car at risk of stalling while you are driving on the highway.

    You notice a drop in pressure.

    It's obvious that the radiator has been damaged if the pressure in the rad has plunged significantly. The typical pressure produced by the radiator ranges from 10 PSI to 12 PSI; pressure lower than this could indicate a bad radiator. To confirm the pressure level, get a pressure gauge on top of the radiator cap, and observe the pressure while the engine operates.